So far only 30 boats have signed up for electronic monitoring in place of observers for 2016. They have room for a lot more participants. The deadline to sign up is Monday, July 27. If you sign up now you can still back out in October when the final EM guidelines are available. If you’d like to sign up call Liz Chilton at NMFS, her number is 206-526-4197, or email her at email@example.com.
From Seafood News here is the Press Release on the sale of Icic Seafoods:
"Icicle Seafoods Sold Off to Indonesia's Convergence Holdings and Dominion Catchers
Investment firm Paine & Partners and Icicle Holdings, Inc. have entered into agreements to sell Icicle to Convergence Holdings, Inc. and Dominion Catchers, LLC.
Under the transactions, Convergence will acquire Icicle's land-based wild seafood processing and farmed salmon activities, and Dominion will acquire Icicle's harvesting and processing vessels as well as the associated fishing rights. At the same time,. Convergence and Dominion have agreed to enter into long-term contracts to continue Icicle's seafood operations following the completion of the transactions.
Financial terms of the transactions and of the agreement Read more...
As of June 24, the total commercial harvest of salmon throughout Alaska is 4.3 million; including 2.6 million sockeye, 1.347 million chum, 348,000 pinks, 63,000 chinook, and 12,000 silver salmon.
Petersburg...The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (department) announced the following information regarding the opening of the 2015/2016 Southeast Alaska personal use red and blue king crab fishery outside of Section 11-A:
Seymour Canal, Port Frederick, Gambier Bay, Pybus Bay, Holkham Bay, Peril Strait, Excursion Inlet, and Lynn Sisters will remain closed to personal use fishing.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m., July 1, 2015, all areas open to personal use red and blue king crab fishing, outside of Sections 12-B, 15-B, and 15-C, will have a daily bag and possession limit of one red or blue king crab per day as prescribed in regulation when the regionwide harvestable biomass of mature red and blue king crab is below 200,000 pounds [5 AAC 77.664(a)(1)].
Beginning at 12:01 a.m., July Read more...
Three people have been appointed to seats on the NP Council. Dan Hull, of Alaska, and Craig Cross, of Washington, were reappointed to continue to on the council. Andy Mezriow, of Alaska, was confirmed as a new member of the council. These are three year term seats.
Last summer 151 permits registered to fish dungeness crab in Southeast Alaska. This summer 192 permits registered. The 2014-2015 season harvested over 5 million pounds of dungeness crab, more than the ten year average of 3.78 million.
The estimated Alaska Commercial Salmon harvest as of June 16th is 2.366 million fish. This includes 1.3 million sockeyes, 924,000 chums, 87,000 humpies, 33,000 shinook and 2,000 silvers. Of these totals, 6,000 chums and 1,000 reds are from Southeast.